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The French gave us the term bourgeois, and then argued endlessly about what it meant. "Of or pertaining to the French middle classes," according to the Oxford English Dictionary. But it is not a simple matter of social class. To be bourgeois one must master a system of words, gestures and objects that define a way of life, a particular culture. It requires the exercise of self-control, and the ritualization of daily routines. This witty, observant ethnography decodes the culture that dominates France.Read more
- Simultaneous publication with book on abattoirs, in same series on French ethnography: will promote one another
- Bourgeois life style is an endlessly fascinating topic
- Beyond obvious anthropological audience, of interest and suitable teaching text for all students of French civilisation
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"...Le Wita...makes use of personal diaries, concise interviews, statistics, and linguistic materials --the full panoply of source materials, enriched by well-chosen photographs. Le Wita's attempts at definition are sophisticated and instructive..." B. Kilborne, Choice
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- Date Published: June 1994
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521466264
- length: 180 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.27kg
- contains: 36 b/w illus. 2 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Definition by defamation
3. The making of Laure
4. The parable of the talents
5. The three generations
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